11 Things You Should Have Been Buying from the Dollar Store This Whole Time

You may think it's filled with junk, but the dollar store could provide you with some great, cheap finds.

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Party supplies


Hosting a party? Plates, cups, napkins, utensils, balloons, and even party hats can all be found for just a dollar. You'll be able to go all out with decorating because you can easily stick to your budget. Check out these party decorating ideas that are worth copying for your next event.

Cleaning supplies

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You're going to need to clean up after your party. Buy sponges, cleaning sprays, and dish detergent on the cheap. Make sure that you never mix these 6 cleaning products. The results could be toxic.

Greeting cards


Buying a card from a specialty store can run you upwards of five dollars. Save money on the next birthday card you buy and put it towards the gift.

Seasonal items


Like to decorate your home for Halloween or Christmas? The dollar store always has a big selection of festive bargains. Avoid these holiday decorating mistakes.

Pregnancy test

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Bet you weren't expecting that one! Don't worry, the 99 cent tests are 99 percent effective, just like the ones at the pharmacy. If the test turns out to be positive you might have these thoughts racing through your head. But don't worry, they're perfectly normal.

Cooking accessories

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Cheese graters, salt shakers, ice cream scoops, wine glasses, and more—any cooking supply at the dollar store is usually a good buy, except for knives, which may not be of high quality.  Check out these weird kitchen gadgets you never knew you needed.

Paper products


Stock up on paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, and paper plates and cups. Constantly running to the store to buy these everyday necessities can really take away from your monthly budget. Don't feel like you have to splurge on the name-brand products, the ones from the dollar store will get the job done just as well.


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A lot of dollar stores sell name-brand breads, bagels, and more. Just keep in mind that some of the packages may be close to expiring, so plan on eating them fast or storing in the freezer.

Reading glasses

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You constantly lose your reading glasses or accidentally sit on them and they break. Don't waste money spending more than a dollar on your reading glasses. Many dollar stores offer a variety of styles so you're bound to find something you like.


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Fill your spice cabinet with products from the dollar store. Normally you will find name-brand spices and can even stock up on salt and pepper. Skip the grocery store when getting spices for your next BBQ and instead get them for cheap.

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